Mazda CX-9 front quarters Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced production of the all-new CX-9 three-row mid-size crossover SUV at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima. The first units produced are bound for the U.S. and Canada. The new CX-9 has been tailored for the North American market, which is expected to account for 80 percent of global sales forecast at 50,000 units annually. Sales of the new model start from North America in spring 2016.

The North-American spec CX-9 is a high-end model of the new-generation line-up featuring the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. Made in Japan to the highest quality standards, it offers customers indulgent comfort that goes beyond specs and functionality. To coincide with start of production of the new model, Mazda has begun manufacturing a new 2.5-liter direct injection turbocharged gasoline engine called SKYACTIV-G 2.5T at its Hiroshima Plant.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue making high quality vehicles with the aim of enriching people’s lives and becoming a brand with which customers feel a strong emotional connection.

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In the domestic market, the Mazda CX-9, gifted with SKYACTIV Technology and a tinge of KODO-Soul of Motion design, has a starting price of RM 288,000.  The domestic Mazda CX-9, introduced in November 2013, is a CBU model from Japan and only available to a select few.

The current Mazda CX-9 carries the previous edition’s sleek motifs with long wheelbase and sporty proportions. With the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme, the CX-9 has reached its full circle as one of the highly desirable large Crossover SUVs in the country.

As a premium SUV, the Mazda CX-9 takes on plenty of eye-catching details on the inside. Highlights include a premium audio and navigation system, satin-silver finished decorative items, a refined and predominantly black cabin, white meter illumination and an organized center stack, along with the Bordeaux Metal decorative panels.

The CX-9 is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V6 unit that’s mated to a 6-speed Activematic transmission. At the same time, advanced suspension setup and Active Torque Split all-wheel drive system assure splendid handling and stability at all times. There are seven Color options for the current Mazda CX-9, including two new body hues, Meteor Grey Mica and Zeal Red Mica. The all-new Mazda CX-9 won’t appear in the country anytime soon, but we’ll keep tap on possible launch dates in the near future…